The Re-Weavers are "individual Australians who have greatly enhanced the tapestry of our Earth Community by re-weaving green threads of sustainability back into its living fabric."
The seventh Re-Weavers Awards were presented by David Moase, editor of The Daily Examiner, at a dinner in Grafton on Friday June 6.
Those honoured this year were:
ASHLEY LOVE of Coffs Harbour
Ashley Love played a pivotal role in the reservation of vast areas of forests in New South Wales as national park. He did this through guiding the development of the survey methods used in the Comprehensive Regional Assessments, and also the development of the predictive modelling and other processes used to ensure that the negotiated outcomes improved the adequacy and representation of our parks system. Since retirement, he has continued to lobby for protection of our region’s forests and improved management of our national parks.
DIANNE ROBERTS of Armidale
Mrs Dianne Roberts, nee Quinlan, was born into a loving Thunghutti family and community in the Macleay Valley. Dianne was taught profound respect for Country and for people. She is imbued with a lifelong love of learning and caring, sharing of knowledge and compassion with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Her achievements have been recognised with many awards including the Order of Australia medal. Although now retired as Principal of Minimbah School, Armidale, Dianne continues her involvement in her Church, other organisations and projects, providing inspiration for many along her life's pathway.
GRAEME PAYNE of Grafton
Graeme Payne was born and raised in the Clarence Valley. He has worked as a full-time artist since 1974. In his wildlife and landscape studies Graeme is seeking to portray the wonder and connectedness of all life. The Earth Charter has been an important part of his Earth Community approach.